Twitter tests new status feature in US and Australia


Tests are currently being carried out in the US and Australia where people can post their own as well as see others' statuses on iOS and Android mobile devices. Those using the web will be able to see status tweets, but not compose them. — Reuters

DUBAI: Social networking platform Twitter is trialling a new feature allowing users to change their profile status.

A company spokesperson told Arab News: "We are always exploring more ways for people to join the conversation and expression is key to that.

"For a limited time, we are testing a feature that allows you to add a status topic from a predetermined list to your tweets to provide more context for your followers."

Users will be able to choose from a list of preset statuses such as spoiler alert, shower thoughts, picture of the day, and current status. As of now, there is no option for users to customise and add their own status.

Some users took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the new feature.

Tests are currently being carried out in the US and Australia where people can post their own as well as see others' statuses on iOS and Android mobile devices. Those using the web will be able to see status tweets, but not compose them.

At present, it is unclear whether the test or features will be rolled out in the Middle East or other regions. "There's no clarity yet if the test will expand to other markets or languages," the spokesperson added. – Arab News, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia/Tribune News Service

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